Friday, June 15, 2007

Tummy time

Pictured above is what the newborn specialist calls modified tummy time. The baby doesn't go entirely on his recently filled stomach, so it keeps him from spitting up as much, and it also makes it easier for him to raise his noggin. I find it very enjoyable.

S0ren slept two longish stretches last night and had only one middle-of-the-night feeding (at 2:30am or so). He was down from 8:30pm until then, then slept from 3:00 to 6:45 or so. What a good boy! He seems happier and fuller, and our household veritably hums with contentedness at the moment. The newborn specialist is a miracle worker! Let's hope this pleasant state of affairs continues when she leaves. I got up once last night to pump (instead of two or more times), which felt incredibly indulgent.

In less positive news, I've determined one cause of my frequent plugged ducts: holding the baby. Yep, when I hold him to my chest or burp him or wear the Bjorn, I get plugged ducts a couple of hours later. That's bullshit.

Back to happier news: S0ren has begun smiling, though not at me. He smiles often (and big) at the newborn specialist, and he smiled at my husband during bathtime last night. He also smiled at himself in the mirror, and I think I caught him smiling at the ceiling. I'd like him to smile at me, but I'm just glad he's smiling at all, so I can wait my turn. One of my friends has a baby about five weeks ahead of S0ren, and she said the same thing happened to her - the baby smiled at her MIL first, then her husband, then smiled at her about two weeks later. Babies!


TLB said...

Personally I love the shocked look on his face, as if he's surprised to be here.

Glad things are working out. He'll smile at you when you least expect it.

Hopeful Mother said...

I LOVE's eyes - they are always so expressive!

I like the modified tummy time idea, and I'm glad the newborn specialist is truly a specialist!!

Anonymous said...

I am sure he will be smiling at you in no time!

OHN said...

What a handsome little guy! If I weren't so freakin old, I would try for another after seeing this precious bundle. Glad you are doing tummy time...too many babies have no neck or arm strength cause they never have to use those muscles.

Gallaudet said...

Omigod, he's CUTE! I just can't stand how CUTE he is! Something about him just kills me.

But the sleeping from 8:45 to 6:45 with only one feeding? Pisses me off, because our TWO YEAR OLD often doesn't achieve that good a night.

We should have had a baby nurse. Just another example of how much smarter than me you are.

Kent said...


I had recently ran across this article on tummy time you might be interested in. Gay Girolami, a physical therapist and member of Pathways Medical Roundtable, explains to parents the importance of tummy time, how much tummy time children should get, when you should start your child on tummy time, along with a variety of other important issues and helpful tips. I hope you find this helpful!